ISLAMABAD: A powerful congressional panel approved a proposal yesterday to increase the number of US scholarships available to women in Pakistan.
The proposed legislation, named after Malala Yousafzai, now goes for a vote by the full House of Representatives.
“I proudly voted for the proposed legislation,” said Congressman Grace Meng, a New York Democrat who is also a cosponsor of the Malala Yousafzai Act.
The act seeks to expand the number of college scholarships for economically disadvantaged students from rural areas of Pakistan.
The vote took place during consideration of the measure by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
It was approved by a voice vote.
The legislation requires an increase in the number of scholarships for women, and aims to award 50 percent of them to females.
The legislation is named after a Pakistani teen from the Swat Valley who was shot in the head by the Taliban for opposing the Taliban’s ban on education for females.
After her recovery, she became an activist for women’s education.